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  • 10Aug

    8/9/2009 Hong Kong Junior Open

    After five days of intense competition and enthralling action in the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium, the dust has settled; the bags have been packed, the farewells have been made.

    The 16th ITTF Junior Circuit Tournament of the year is over; the first ever Hong Kong Junior Open has finished, it came to a successful conclusion on Sunday 9th August 2009.

    The lion’s share of the medals went to the Chinese mainland, the one interloper being Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching.

    She captured the Girls’Singles crown.

    Best Ever
    Success for China and in the opinion of Raul Calin, the Global Junior Programme Director, it was the best ever.

    “After more than seven years of the ITTF Junior Circuit, in my opinion the Hong Kong Junior was the best ever”, eulogised Raul Calin. “During the months prior to the event, the feelings were positive; there was weekly contact with proactive organisers and in the 15 days before the tournament began, the contact was daily.”

    Communication, close communication is always a key to success.

    Detailed Preparation
    “Scheduling, making arrangements for spectators and television, writing official welcome messages, preparing opening ceremonies were all completed with meticulous detail; the end result a smoothly run tournament”, continued Raul Calin. “When the first day began, everything was in place.”

    Experience
    A well oiled machine under the guidance of experienced hands purred into action; the Rolls Royce was in overdrive.

    “Under the leadership Tony Yue, Chairman of the Hong Kong Table Tennis Association, supported by the efforts of Echo Chiu and Iris Mak, senior staff at the Hong Kong Table Tennis Association, everything ran like clockwork”, added Raul Calin. “The two Masters of ceremonies, one speaking in Cantonese, one in English added to the occasion with the welcome speeches all paying due recognition to the sponsors who had made the event possible.”

    Thorough
    The organisation from start to finish was most thorough.

    “A cocktail party followed the welcome ceremony and draw; the tournament was ready to start”, explained Raul Calin. “Among the participants, there were confident smiles in the hotel and on the way to the venue; furthermore as team captains met to determine the order of play that ambiance continued and it lasted the whole five days.”

    Officials
    Equally, the officials on duty added to the occasion.

    “Quite and competent refereeing, efficient umpiring and well organised racket controls were conducted without a hitch, whilst music added entertainment to the balanced equation”, said Raul Calin. “However, the best was yet to come, on Sunday, arguably one of the best finals of the year took place; Cheng I-Ching beat Luo Yue in the final of the Girls’ Singles event and thus gained revenge for the defeat suffered at the hands of the Chinese teenager earlier in the week; the quality of the play, the rallies were breathtaking.”

    Centre of Attention
    It was a final that will live long in the memory of those present.

    “The players were the centre of attention, there were media interviews with spectators seeking autographs from the rising stars of table tennis”, concluded Raul Calin. “The Global Junior Programme is more alive than ever and Hong Kong has risen the bar; I recommend organisers of Premium events in 2010 to watch itTV in the next few weeks and study Hong Kong excellence.”

    New Heights
    Congratulations to the medallists and congratulations to the Hong Kong Table Tennis Association; new levels have been achieved, new standards have been set.

    Source ittf.com

    Posted by ttfan @ 11:33 am

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